Latest News

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps at 11th Annual Huntington Folk Festival, July 30

Slaid Cleaves, an acclaimed Maine-bred and Texas-based singer-songwriter, headlines the 11th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 30 at Huntington, New York’s Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue. Extending from noon until l0:30 p.m., the free festival – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington (FMSH) and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 51st Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival. AcousticMusicScene.com hosts song swaps during the afternoon. [To continue reading this article and see the complete schedule, click on the headline.]
Entries Sought in Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Entries Sought in Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Entries are now being accepted in the 33rd annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) produced by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington. The submission deadline is Sept. 15, 2016. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Emerging Artists Showcase Performers Chosen for 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Twenty-four artists/acts have been selected to perform in the Emerging Artists Showcase during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival on Friday afternoon, August 5, 2016, from noon to 4:30 p.m. [To view the list of this year's Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase performers and an article previewing the festival, click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs - June 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs – June 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Ivas John, Sarah Jarosz, Spook Handy, Ana Egge and The Sentimentals, and Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle had the most-played albums and songs on folk radio during June 2016. So say the airplay charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com, with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]
Anna Tivel is 2016 Telluride Troubadour

Anna Tivel is 2016 Telluride Troubadour

Anna Tivel, a Portland, Oregon-based singer songwriter, won the 2016 Telluride Troubadour Competition and had the opportunity to perform a short set on the main stage during the 43rd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a roots-oriented music festival set amid Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains, June 16-19. [To continue reading this short article, click on the headline.]

American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor Set for June 25

John Fullbright, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Sara Watkins are among the artists slated to perform on Saturday, June 25, during the sixth annual American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor -- a daylong, family-friendly celebration of acoustic music. Set on 90 acres of gardens and Italianate architecture in Katonah, Westchester County, NY – 40 miles northeast of New York City — the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is well known for its summer music festivals. AcousticMusicScene.com is delighted to again be a Cultural Partner of the festival and will have a presence there. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Top Albums and Songs – May 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Gunning’s album Lift was #1 on folk radio during May 2016, while he and Illinois-based singer-songwriter Ben Bedford had the most-played songs and Guy Clark, the Texas troubadour who died last month, was the most-played artist. So say the airplay charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com, with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]
2016 Kerrville New Folk Winners Named

2016 Kerrville New Folk Winners Named

Six singer-songwriters were named as winners in the 2016 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. They were selected by a panel of judges from among 32 finalists who performed two songs each during the New Folk Concerts on May 28 and 29 as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival, an 18-day event at the Quiet Valley Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The six will perform during a New Folk Winners concert at the festival on Sunday afternoon, June 5, and will receive cash honorariums and other prizes. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Showcases at SERFA Conference

More than 200 people will converge on the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville, May 18-22, 2016 for the ninth annual Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) Conference featuring contemporary and traditional folk music, networking and learning opportunities. AcousticMusicScene.com will host late-night song swaps. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Smithsonian Folkways Acquires Arhoolie Records

Arhoolie Records -- known for “down home” blues, folk, jazz, country, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Mexican American, and world music -- has been acquired by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit label of the Smithsonian Institution -- the national museum of The United States. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Americana Music Association Announces Nominees for its 2016 Honors & Awards

Nominees for the Americana Music Association’s 2016 Americana Honors & Awards were announced on May 11 during a celebratory invitation-only event at the historic Mansion on O Street in Washington, DC, presented by the MusicFIRST Coalition. [To continue reading this article and see the list of nominees in six categories, click on the headline.]
DelFest 2016 Set for Memorial Day Weekend

DelFest 2016 Set for Memorial Day Weekend

DelFest 2016 takes place at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland over Memorial Day Weekend. Joining the Del McCoury Band and Del’s sons’ spin-offs, The Travelin’ McCourys and The McCoury Brothers, May 26-29, at the fairgrounds, nestled along the Potomac River in the Appalachian Mountains, 2.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., will be a host of other artists. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]